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Online Nigerian scammer pleads guilty to blackmailing St. Louis-area women

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Ilumsa Sunmola pleaded guilty Wednesday to preying on women - both locally and around the United States - by using fake dating profiles on website like Match.com and Plenty of Fish (KMOV) Ilumsa Sunmola pleaded guilty Wednesday to preying on women - both locally and around the United States - by using fake dating profiles on website like Match.com and Plenty of Fish (KMOV)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A man allegedly behind an international dating scam is behind bars and facing a lengthy prison sentence after a trial in East. St. Louis.

Ilumsa Sunmola pleaded guilty Wednesday to preying on women - both locally and around the United States - by using fake dating profiles on website like Match.com and Plenty of Fish. Sunmola posed as an American serviceman, then demanded money via wire transfers.

Sunmola was arrested in London while he was attempting to board a plane to South Africa, where he lived and where the stolen money was wired.

An Illinois woman told News 4 she was blackmailed after Sunmola threatened to post nude pictures online. Another witness, a Missouri woman, testified that Sunmola's actions forced her to file for bankruptcy and lose her home and job.

After two days of testimony in the Federal court, Sunmola plead guilty to eight counts.

Sunmola will be sentenced in June.

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